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Last updated October 29, 2017
University of California, San Francisco
Social Science/Humanities PhD Field Supported:
Description of Program:
UCSF's Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) accepts applications from students interested in pursuing a medical degree and a PhD in Medical Anthropology. UCSF's program in Medical Anthropology is itself a joint PhD program including the Department of Anthropology, History and Social Medicine at UCSF and the Department of Anthropology at UC Berkeley. Students receive their PhD degree from both UCSF and UC Berkeley. The joint program focuses on students who want to combine theoretical and applied anthropology. Many PhD projects have applied aspects, but the coursework is intensive theoretically.
Structure of Program:
UCSF's program is a Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP). Typically Medical Anthropology MD/PhD students complete their first two years of medical school and complete 0-3 of the core clinical clerkships. Students are encouraged to begin their studies the summer before they matriculate into medical school doing preliminary fieldwork and working with the Medical Anthropology faculty to begin formulating their dissertation project. They will also spend the summer between their first and second years continuing to formulate their project. After completing the first two years of medical school, they then begin their PhD program in Medical Anthropology, which is a joint program with UC Berkeley. Core anthropology classes are taught at both campuses. The PhD takes a minimum of four-and-a-half years and an average of five-and-a-half years for MD/PhD students. A four-and-a-half year timeline consists of: two-and-a-half years of coursework; one year of fieldwork; and one year of dissertation writing. After completion of the PhD, students return to finish their clerkships and rotations.
UCSF's program in Medical Anthropology is part of the Department of History, Anthropology and Social Medicine. Medical Anthropology and History alternate years of admission; therefore there is a Medical Anthropology cohort every other year. Despite this, you can still apply as an MSTP in Medical Anthropology every year. This means that if you are accepted in an off year for Medical Anthropology, then you will study in the Anthropology Department at UC Berkeley for one year, and then join the UCSF cohort in your second year of study.
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Additional Notes on Applying in Medical Anthropology
A good way to think about applying for MSTP in Medical Anthropology is that your application must be geared toward (1) the Medical School Admission Committee, (2) the MSTP/Medical Anthropology Admission Committee, and (3) the Department of Anthropology, History and Social Medicine Admission Committee
Students who apply to the MSTP but are not offered a position nevertheless receive full consideration for admission both to the regular medical class and to the PhD program in Medical Anthropology if they request this on their application.
This appointment comes with payment of tuition and fees, including medical, dental, vision and prescription insurance, and an annual stipend during the years you are completing your medical school training and partial graduate school training.
During the first two years in the Medical Anthropology PhD Program, payment of tuition and fees and the full UCSF institutional stipend will be covered by MSTP. During the third and fourth years in the PhD program, Medical Anthropology will cover the tuition and fees and an annual UCSF stipend level for Social Sciences (which may be different than the medical school stipend). In the fifth year of the PhD program, students who do not have other sources of funding are potentially eligible for Department funds. We expect that most students will complete their entire training within 9 years.
UCSF MSTP Office
Co-Program Directors: Ian Whitmarsh, PhD and Seth Holmes, MD/PhD